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A member of the Campus Digest News Service and the National News Bureau. VOL. XXIII, NO. 7 Atlanta, Georgia March 12, 1980 Anti-Draft March Gets Little Support The Black Students’ Coalition of Atlanta sponsored a protest march on February 28, 1980, led by Robert Booker, a sophomore at Morehouse College. The small group of marchers traveled around the entire AUC. Mugabe Wins In Zimbabwe By Bridgett M. Davis On Friday, February 28, 1980, the members of the Black Students’ Coalition of Atlanta (BSCA) sponsored a protest mar ch/rally at the Russell Building at- the corner of Mitchell and Spring St. The turn-out, however, was unexpectedly low. Only a few of the BSCA members themselves were initially present at the pre arranged starting time of three o’clock. The BSCA was formulated especially for the anti-draft issue.Their previous par ticipation has been much more encouraging than the turn-out for the march. Their first meeting was held at Spelman on February 2nd, where at least fifty in terested persons attended. The second meeting, which was held in the Manley Center’s Upper Concource, boasted nearly 200 attendants. Rowena Saunders, a Spelmanite, spoke out fervently at this meeting, asking for sup port and action. Ms. Saunders was unfortunately, however, not in attendance at the march. A press conference was also held on By Kiron Skinner The first major steps in for mation of a new Zimbabwe government were completed on Tuesday March 4, 1980. The Registrar General Eric Pope- Simmonds reported that Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Party received 62.9 percent of the vote in the country’s election- an absolute majority. According to the March 4th edition of the Atlanta Journal, “The victory was all the more remarkable since nine parties contested the 80 seats reserved for blacks.” Mugabe stated that the new Zimbabwe government will in clude posts tor his chief guerrilla rival, Joshua Nkomo, and mem bers of the conservative white Rhodesian Ian Smith. Nkomo came in second with 24.1 percent of the votes and 20 seats in Parliament. Third place Was taken by former Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa with 8.2 percent of the votes and three seats. In an earlier election, Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front Par ty received 20 seats in the in dependence Parliament. Mugabe also announced that the white commander of Rhodesia’s armed forces, Lt. Gen. Peter Walls, will remain the military chief. (Walls led the seven year struggle against the guerrillas) The decision to keep Walls was made to assure Mugabe support from the coun try’s 30,000 man security forces. After the election results were made known, jubilant crowds filled the streets and the center of Salisbury. The army and police were also present to secure peace and orderly conduct amongst the crowds. Mugabe, too, elated by the election returns stated, “This is a great moment.” Inside This Issue The Olympic Controversy Page 3 Statement oi Academic Honesty Page S Opportunities Unlimited Page 6 Clint Deveaux and Robert Kennedy, Jr. February 14, 1980 at Morehouse college. The group’s orange and black banners read, “Stop the U.S. War Drive”, and “No Draft No Way”. For a while, the members patien tly waited to recruit interested persons from the many passer- sbys, then the fervored cries of one enthused young man could be heard within the immediate vicinity as he yelled, “Hell no! We won’t go! Hell no! We won’t go!!!” Eventually, the small group of dedicated followers were led by Robert Booker, a sophmore at Morehouse, outward to Chestnut Street where they began a small yet determined procession. In an attempt to collect more followers as tney progresses, the marchers traveled around the en tire Atlanta University Center, but few if any joined the ban dwagon. The group was very disappointed but not discouraged, and as one member stated: “There were more par ticipants than this on the anti- klan march, where they had to catch buses to get to the place. For this, they only had to walk a few blocks.” See STUDENT MAKCH, p. 4 Kennedy Visits AU By Shelia Reid The Atlanta University Center received direct exposure to the nation’s current presidential race on Thursday, March 28th. Robert Kennedy Jr. appearing in the Dean Sage building at Atlanta University, spoke out on behalf of his uncle. Second son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Jr. is the nephew of the presidential candidate Senator Ted Ken nedy. His arrival was in re sponse to a series of invitations extended to Ted Kennedy and all candidates from the AUC Student Council. Robert Kennedy Jr., who is on leave from Virginia Uni versity Law School gave an im petuous speech touching on Ted Kennedy’s efforts to improve health care in the United States. “With the exception of South Africa this is the only nation where a family has to hear their child crying at night and sit up wondering if it is 100, 500 or 1.000 dollars sick”, said Ken nedy. Another area of Kennedy’s See KENNEDY VISITS, p. 4